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Wordpress turning on HTTPS by default, giving away free certs

By: Jeff Williams | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 11, 2016 8:03 pm

Wordpress isn't taking any chances and will be automatically enabling HTTPS for all custom domain names that are associated with its website in addition to the subdomains that are already protected by the umbrella of the main domain, which they've been doing since 2014.

 

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The project is a large and very complex matter, not to mention the usual cost of obtaining the appropriate amount of certificates needed for all the separate sites that happen to exist. Automattic, the owner and operator of Wordpress, have elicited the help of Let's Encrypt, a certificate authority that is providing them with free certificates for each domain, as well as managing the installation and any post-installation issues that might crop up. They're doing this in response to the EFF's Encrypt the Web initiative. Barry Abrahamson, a systems engineer at Automattic praised Let's Encrypt and their involvement, saying that "The Let's Encrypt project gave us an efficient and automated way to provide SSL certificates for a large number of domains."

 

HTTPS is beneficial for keeping the Internet safe as well as adding in a slight bit of weight to SEO scores for websites looking to increase their visibility. It's also nice for visitors to know that at the very least they can authenticate the site they're visiting and ensure that any moderate attempts at surveillance or session hijacking can be foiled. HTTPS should indeed be the standard, not the exception. This is a move that makes it more accessible to more website owners, which it should be.

Amazon Payments global partner program means competition for PayPal

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 1:08 am

Amazon Payments is getting beefed up with a new global partner program designed to make the service into an e-commerce competitor to PayPal and Apple Pay; Amazon is using the term 'global' loosely, as the program is available to partners in the US, Germany, UK, and Japan only.

 

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The refreshed service is different than the current 'Login and pay with Amazon' feature -- pictured here -- that some individual merchants already use: it's intended for e-commerce platforms that provide secure payment features to those merchants. Currently on board are Shopify, OpenCart, and PrestaShop, among many others.

 

For the public, this means you'll no longer have to create a new username and password for different shopping sites: just use your Amazon Payments account for everything, à la PayPal.

AP Stylebook will make 'internet' lowercase as of June

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Apr 5, 2016 12:08 am

Traditionally, the word 'internet' is spelled with uppercase, but the AP Stylebook seems to have determined it's become so colloquial that it deserves the less formal lowercase treatment. As of June 1, when the 2016 Stylebook launches, 'internet' will be official.

 

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For the unfamiliar, the AP Stylebook is the premiere grammar style and usage guide for American journalists connected to the Associated Press. However, it's looked to by most organizations and persons outside of the Associated Press as the guide of choice as well.

Netflix to add auto-play videos on its home screen

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 11, 2016 3:33 pm

To help you get in the mood or seal the deal when you're deciding what to watch, Netflix will soon be adding auto-play video trailers to your home screen whenever you're hovering over a movie, TV show or documentary.

 

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As seen on Gizmodo, there was a bit of discussion based on advancements to the whole Netflix user experience at MWC 2016, particularly that of the home screen and how users choose what media to watch. This auto-play trailer feature is said to be taken from 'traditional' TV practices, meaning that there is always something engaging happening on the screen.

 

This announcement comes alongside our recently discussed mobile data saving feature, with these features both said to be currently in beta testing.

Destinations lets you plan vacations directly from Google mobile

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Mar 9, 2016 7:02 pm

Google saw a tremendous 50 percent increase in travel questions on mobile phones last year, so it's only logical they came up with Destinations, a new set of functionality for Google mobile search that accommodates your vacation needs.

 

 

It works as simply as you could hope for: search something like "europe vacation" and various travel destinations in Europe will pop up, complete with pictures, and dates and prices for flights and hotels. If you want to get more specific, quick tabs let you change dates, travelers, interests, and your budget. And if you're thinking long-term, you can compare prices across the next six months. Finally, the Explore tab lets you see what the weather is like year-round wherever it is you're thinking about going.

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Financial service Google Compare being shut down

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 24, 2016 12:02 am

Google is shutting down another service that you've probably never heard of but sounds great: Google Compare (also known as Google Advisor). The website allows you to obtain quotes from a variety of companies on car insurance, travel insurance, credit cards, and mortgages.

 

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"Despite people turning to Google for financial services information, the Google Compare service itself hasn't driven the success we hoped for," Google wrote in an e-mail sent to partners yesterday. "After a lot of careful consideration, we've decided that focusing more intently on AdWords and future innovations will enable us to provide fresh, comprehensive answers to Google users, and to provide our financial services partners with the best return on investment."

 

Google explained it had difficulty attracting advertisers to the service, in part due to limited availability of products in the US and UK.

 

The service will wind down as of February 23, and close completely on March 23.

Google changes desktop advertisements

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 22, 2016 4:33 pm

ZDNet has noticed something that many of us may never think about - Google has changed its side-displayed advertisements on searches. Previous 'versions' of this search program would display direct link advertisements for product sales, with companies vying for your dollar and continued service through this marketing option.

 

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This changes a few things for certain companies, now unable to directly market to consumers looking to buy something on a whim or look for reliable resellers of wanted products. While a good opportunity for Google to ensure its pages load faster and look more streamlined, many are upset at this move - taking out a popular advertising avenue used by many.

 

Small business' may be the ones suffering majorly due to this change, meaning that companies are now going to have to pay top dollar to this tech giant in order to increase their search ranking. With less advertising space comes a higher asking price for what's left - I hope your budget is big!

Super Bowl 50 sets record for most data transferred at sporting event

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 18, 2016 1:05 am

Super Bowl 50 didn't just set records on the field, but data-wise as well: a historic 10.15 terabytes of data were transferred over the Levi's Stadium Wi-Fi network on game day, according to provider Extreme Networks. The figure represents a 63% jump over last year's 6.23 TB, and sets the record for most data transferred at a sporting event.

 

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To put things in perspective, 10.15 TB of data is equivalent to more than 6,000 hours of HD video or about 1.2 million 2MB photos.

 

Levi's features over 12,000 network ports, over 1,200 Wi-Fi access points, about 1,200 Bluetooth beacons, and 40Gbps of bandwidth.

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Internet outage affecting Comcast customers nationwide

By: Sean Ridgeley | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 16, 2016 1:06 am

Comcast customers across the US have been suffering from a serious lack of Internets and cable today thanks to a widespread outage beginning about 9AM EST. Customers in DC, Pennsylvania, Illinois, and Oregon seem to have been hit the hardest.

 

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Comcast has confirmed the issues, although noted some may not be linked to the outage. It's also stated that its engineers have repaired the problem (what was repaired exactly isn't clear) and it should be mostly resolved. As of about 3PM EST, customers are still reporting trouble.

Aussie telco Telstra smashed by free data day, 1841 terabytes

By: Chris Smith | More News: Internet & Websites | Posted: Feb 15, 2016 4:35 pm

Thanks to a recent nation-wide outage, Telstra offered its mobile customers a free data Sunday promotion, seeing those from The Land Down Under take full advantage of this offering.

 

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In total, it is explained that Australians downloaded a massive 1841 terabytes, something that News.com.au explained as 5.1 million Game of Thrones episodes.

 

With the majority of this data being downloaded over 4G connections, Telstra group managing director of networks, Mike Wright, explained that "Over the course of the day we had twice as much traffic as we would normally see on a Sunday (or any day)," further stating that "We hope it helps make up for some of the inconvenience we caused."

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